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Arts & Culture features as heard (or not) on WXXI Radio in Rochester, NY.

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    • Performing Arts

Arts & Culture features as heard (or not) on WXXI Radio in Rochester, NY.

    Musicians of Rochester: David Temperley

    Musicians of Rochester: David Temperley

    David Temperley composes tuneful, expressive pieces in a classical mold, drawing on his experiences with chamber music and influences from the popular music he grew up listening to on the radio. He's also a music theorist who writes about rock music, including in his latest book The Musical Language of Rock . Read more about Temperley and his music in CITY Newspaper this week: "Having it Both Ways. The Music of Rochester Composer David Temperley." You can also hear his music and story in this

    • 5 min
    How Maria Newman Found Her Compositional Power

    How Maria Newman Found Her Compositional Power

    To get to know Maria Newman, you have to understand who her father was. She is the daughter of nine time Academy award-winning film composer Alfred Newman, who wrote the 20th century Fox fanfare. Her brothers and cousin are equally famous; there’s Randy Newman of Toy Story fame, Thomas Newman, who scored Finding Nemo and Shawshank Redemption . Her brother David has scored nearly 100 films such as Galaxy Quest . It’s no exaggeration to say she comes from a musical dynasty.

    • 4 min
    The relatable characters of La Bohème

    The relatable characters of La Bohème

    The characters in Giacomo Puccini’s opera La Bohème start out as broad archetypes: the moody poet, a fun-loving musician, a lonely young woman dreaming of love, a flirtatious party girl… They're drawn in broad strokes, and it’s easy for everyone to see something of themselves, or their friends, in this group. But as the cast of this summer’s Finger Lakes Opera production of La Boheme discussed – the opera’s true power lies in how all these characters change.

    • 4 min
    Music expresses love, concern for Great Lakes

    Music expresses love, concern for Great Lakes

    Composer Margaret Brouwer lives in Ohio, near Lake Erie. She loves the natural beauty of the Great Lakes and she’s worried about them. She has composed her love for Lake Erie -- and her concerns for its future -- into a musical work called "Voice of the Lake ."

    • 4 min
    Summer Solstice brings "The Heart Chant" to Rochester

    Summer Solstice brings "The Heart Chant" to Rochester

    The summer solstice is “Make Music Day,” which is being celebrated in Rochester and around the world. If you’re downtown on Friday afternoon, you might notice a group of people standing in a circle with their arms linked. They’ll be doing the Heart Chant by composer Pauline Oliveros.

    • 4 min
    Remembering André Previn in Rochester

    Remembering André Previn in Rochester

    World-renowned composer, conductor, and pianist André Previn has died at the age of 89 . During his wide-ranging career, Previn wrote Oscar-winning movie scores, played piano on noted jazz recordings, conducted pretty much all the top orchestras. His compositions included an opera version of A Streetcar Named Desire, written for Renée Fleming in the starring role. And in 2014, he wrote a piece for the Eastman Wind Ensemble: Music for Wind Orchestra (No Strings Attached). When he visited for the

    • 3 min

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